Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays (51)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read

Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teasers this week:

"No woman is a surgeon. Mary smoothed her skirts and tucked the stray curls of her hair back into a comb, tired now, the full weight of the day's disappointment bringing tears to her eyes. She felt like a failure."

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
p. 59

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In this stunning first novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, head­strong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine-and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak- Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of William Stipp and James Blevens-two surgeons who fall unwittingly in love with Mary's courage, will, and stubbornness in the face of suffering-and resisting her mother's pleas to return home to help with the birth of her twin sister's baby, Mary pursues her medical career in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital.

Like Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain and Robert Hicks's The Widow of the South, My Name Is Mary Sutter powerfully evokes the atmosphere of the period. Rich with historical detail (including marvelous depictions of Lincoln, Dorothea Dix, General McClellan, and John Hay among others), and full of the tragedies and challenges of wartime, My Name Is Mary Sutter is an exceptional novel. And in Mary herself, Robin Oliveira has created a truly unforgettable heroine whose unwavering determination and vulnerability will resonate with readers everywhere.


  1. I know she faced many hardships. I can just imagine. Have been wanting to read this book for awhile.


  2. heres mine


  3. I cannot imagine what it was like to live back then. This sounds like a great read.

    My Teaser Tuesday is from Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder. Happy Reading! Jen @ A Reader's Journey

  4. This one does sound like its very good. I hope you are enjoying it. My teasers this week are from The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong and Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill. Happy reading!

  5. I've been eyeing this book for a while. I hope it's as good as it looks :)

    Here's mine:

  6. Ah it sounds great to me so far. Great teaser.

    Here is my TT :)


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